Classical Violinist. Soloist, 1st Concertmaster Norrlandsoperan, Member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Alexander Kagan was born 1984 in Moscow, into a family of legendary russian musicians: Oleg Kagan and Natalia Gutman and started playing the violin at the ages of six.
After graduating from the Moscow Conservatory in 2009 in the class of Prof. Kravchenko, he studied with Prof. Kolja Blacher in Hamburg and Berlin where he was granted a master degree in 2013.
His studies included a semester at the Manhattan School of Music in New York in the Pinchas Zukermann program and numerous masterclasses with Professors like Pavel Vernikov, Philipe Hirshhorn, Maurizio Fuchs.
He has won prizes at the Glazunov International Competition in Paris, the David Oistrakh International Violin Competition in Odessa,
Assembly International Competition, Moscow and the Pinerolo International Chamber Music Competition in Italy.
Recent engagements include a live TV solo appearance with the Swedish Radio Orchestra's at the 2018 New Year's Concert, several concerts with Norrlandsoperan Symphony Orchestra in Sweden in 2016, a performance of Lalo's Sinfonia Español on the island Madeira Portugal (2016), two performances of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under conductors Andrew Manze and Andrew Litton in 2014. Alexander had his debut at the ‘Grand Hall’ of the Moscow Conservatory early in 2012 where he played the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Orchestra of the Moscow Conservatory.
Other engagements in the recent years include:
Prokofiev’s 2nd Violin Concerto in two concerts in Milan in the ‘Teatro del Verme’ with the Orchestra of the Pommerigi Musicali and Brahms Violin Concerto with the Russian State Orchestra in the Tchaikovsky Hall, Moscow.
As of 2016/17th Season, Alexander holds a permanent position as 1st Concertmaster in Norrlandsoperan, Sweden. Previously, employed as 1st Associate Concertmaster in Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway from 2013-2017.
Alexander is frequently invited to lead major orchestras in Scandinavia and Europe as guest concertmaster.
Such as the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin in 2016, Stockholm Royal Philharmonic and Stockholm Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2016-2018, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Stockholm Royal Opera, Gstaad Festival Orchestra 2016, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 2016, Orquestra Sinfònico Casa da Musica Porto 2015, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken 2014 and others.
Alexander Kagan is a keen chamber musician and performs at concerts including those at the Lucerne Festival in August 2015 and 2016, Seoul Spring Chamber Music Festival in May 2013, ‘December Evenings’, Ars Longa and the ‘Dedication’ Festival, Moscow, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland, Storioni Chamber Music Festival (Eindhoven)
Alexander plays a violin by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume (1855)